Mar 22, 2018
We brave a Tangent Cube full of
Trolls, Bad Dad Jokes and restless dogs to bring you Episode 40 on
the Vernal Equinox, and a continuation of our discussion about
ancient astronomy and our work on the Great Texinian Hill Henge
Project which we broke ground on early this morning, using the
equinoctial dawn to locate True East, and from there, the other
three cardinal directions. We also installed our first wooden post
marking the East, with an Avenue of the Sun and the beginnings of a
sun dial using the shadow of the post.
We have special guest Matt Stone in studio with us, he has
circumnavigated the globe at least twice without lifting a finger
simply by maintaining a berth on various ships of the U. S. Navy.
He has been to many exotic places but apparently has failed to
visit even a single pyramid. When asked about any ancient or
mysterious places he has seen, he tells a story about a redhead
from Malta that was attached to the UN. (Purely anecdotal, of
course. We saw no evidence of a Maltese Redhead, clearly Matt is
just trying to make money selling books, or something)
Still, talking about redheads leads inevitably to the
topic of redshift, so we go over the whole problem of
Doppler and redshift in cosmology, and how it is fundamental to
mainstream science's picture of the universe.